Mus­lim fo­rum: Com­mu­nity should drop Ay­o­d­hya claim

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Luc­know: A group of in­tel­lec­tu­als un­der the ban­ner ‘In­dian Mus­lims for Peace’ on Thurs­day said ma­jor­ity of Mus­lims were will­ing to re­lin­quish their claim over the dis­puted 2.77 acre in Ay­o­d­hya as a “good­will ges­ture” and the fo­rum will sub­mit its res­o­lu­tion on this to the Jus­tice Kal­i­fulla-led me­di­a­tion panel.

The fo­rum, how­ever, ad­mit­ted it had no stake in the Babri Masjid dis­pute and had not roped in any lit­i­gant in its dis­cus­sions, ex­cept UP Sunni Cen­tral Waqf Board.

The fo­rum mem­bers told re­porters that the Supreme Court should give a clear ver­dict and Mus­lims should give up claim on the land.

Talk­ing to TOI on side­lines of the presser, for­mer Ali­garh Mus­lim Univer­sity vice-chan­cel­lor Zameerud­din Shah said, “We have no stake in the mat­ter, but as a pres­sure group we hope to make Mus­lim lit­i­gants see sense and ac­cept our pro­posal.” For­mer IAS of­fi­cer Anis An­sari said, “This is our last at­tempt to re­solve the mat­ter for sake of com­mu­nal har­mony.”

The fo­rum raised four rid­ers on their pro­posal. These in­cluded that the sta­tus of no other Mus­lim or any other place of wor­ship be dis­turbed as of Au­gust 15, 1947. It also said mosques and mau­soleums pro­tected by ASI should be opened for of­fer­ing prayers; Ay­o­d­hya mosques be re­paired; and the crim­i­nal con­spir­acy case in the Babri Masjid de­mo­li­tion be ex­pe­dited and ri­ots ac­cused brought to jus­tice at the ear­li­est.

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